City Bank’s history in Haiti shows how racial ideology and economic policy have long coalesced to justify colonisation in Latin America and the Caribbean, writes Peter James Hudson (University of California, Los Angeles).
Global actors can interact along local value chains through international trade and foreign direct investment flows. By leveraging the value-chain approach for rural areas, recent policies have led to economic and social upgrading in Latin America, writes Ramón Padilla Pérez (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean).
Only by investing in innovation, reducing business informality, and producing clearer statistical data will Peru be able to boost its poor productivity and step up to OECD membership, writes Alonso Morán de Romaña (Ministry of Production, Peru).
By allowing an understanding of where, how, and by whom economic, social, and environmental value is created and distributed, Global Value Chain research can help to address key development and competitiveness issues, write Gary Gereffi and Karina Fernández-Stark (Duke University Global Value Chain Centre).
Any attempt to increase Latin America’s productivity should adapt managerial ideas to the Latin American character rather than the other way around, argues Alfredo Behrens (FIA Business School, São Paulo).
Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes Nicolás Oviedo Dávila, winner of the 2017 LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre-Inter-American Development Bank Postgraduate Essay Prize.
Real and credible development in these countries means pursuing knowledge social economy visions that are genuinely autochthonous, writes Valbona Muzaka (King’s College London).
As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognise the long-term benefits that could flow from integration.
The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Analysing how millions of multinational corporations structure their global ownership chains reveals that Cayman acts as a ‘sink’ offshore financial centre where foreign capital accumulates and data trails often end, writes Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam).